Canadian Dietetics Registration Exam

The Canadian Dietetics Registration Examination (CDRE) is a national examination developed and administered by the Alliance of Canadian Dietetic Regulatory Bodies. The CDRE is a requirement for registration in all provinces except Quebec.

The CDRE is a computerized, multiple-choice examination designed to test practice-based knowledge, application, and critical thinking skills required to competently and safely practice dietetics. The CDRE is administered in May and November each year at sites across Canada. 

If you register with NSDA, but live in another province at the time of the exam, you may write the exam in that province. 

Exam Date

The next sitting of the CDRE will be in November 2017.  Candidates may choose to write on a day between November 27 and December 2.  Register early! Seats are filled on a first come-first serve basis. 

Registration Deadlines

  • Deadline for payment of $525 exam fee - November 24, 2017

A candidate must be registered as a temporary member in order to write the CDRE. CLICK HERE for information about how to apply for temporary membership.

2017 Preparation Guide

The Guide includes information about the exam, sample exam questions, and a reference list.

  • Click HERE to view the May 2017 Canadian Dietetic Registration Exam Preparation Guide.  The November 2017 Preparation Guide will be posted in July 2017.

Please contact NSDA for a copy of the Guide in French. For candidates who wish to write in French, there is a French toggle function to enable you to toggle from French to English during the exam.

In compliance with CSA’s Model Code for the Protection of Personal Information, NSDA wishes to advise writers of the Canadian Dietetic Registration Exam (CDRE) that your name and contact information will be sent to Schroeder Measurement Technologies, Inc. (SMT), the exam developer and to Iso-Quality Testing, Inc. (IQT) the company that provides exam writing centers for the CDRE. This information will be collected, used and disclosed according to their privacy policy. Your personal information is subject to U.S. laws, including the USA Patriot Act. For questions or clarification regarding the organizations’ privacy policies, please contact SMT at, Iso-Quality Testing, Inc. at or email NSDA at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.